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Yesterday the Turtlegram, Boston Globe, and Wacky Walter Bird all put out headlines claiming that WPI was blaming a rape victim for being raped in a WPI-leased apartment in Puerto Rico:
Alright, first things first. A very smart lawyer left this comment on the Facebook machine:
The rape victim sued WPI for negligence. It’s a classic defense to a negligence claim that the claimant was also negligent and would be successful in defeating the claim if it could be shown that the claimant was more negligent than WPI. There is NOTHING WRONG with that discussion, except that it touches the raw nerve of some that rape victims never do anything wrong themselves. Maybe WoMag could have worded the question differently, but the discussion point has legal validity.
The rape victim sued WPI for negligence. When you sue people in contentious situations like this, they have a right to defend themselves. This is STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE!!! The Globe, Turtlegram, and Wacky Walter had to put these headlines out because they know it’s a hot topic right now. Page views 101.
But the problem is that the headline they put out was a bold faced lie. Here’s what really happened, according to WPI’s Facebook page:
The Turtlegram, Globe, and Wacky Walter are selling you lies. The school helped convict a rapist. He alone is responsible for the rape. Now the victim is trying to get paid by the same university who helped convict the only person responsible for the rape – the rapist. She is blaming them, so now the insurance carrier is blaming her. This is how court works in grownup world. When a rape victim takes the stand and accuses someone of rape they get cross examined by the defendant’s attorney. Often this attorney blames the victim too. It’s not pretty, but once again, this is how court works in grownup world.
The bottom line is this is a lie:
And so is this:
Because WPI does NOT allege that the victim is “partly responsible for the assault.” The insurance carrier that the school is no longer affiliated with is alleging that in court, not the school. But the headline says the SCHOOL is making these claims. That is a bold faced, defamatory lie from two filthy, dying newspapers, and we hope both newspapers get sued. This is why people come to Turtleboy. Because you can’t trust the mainstream media.
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